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STERKFONTEIN DAM - A DRAMATIC PLACE

Wednesday, 01 February 2012 15:50

THE STERKFONTEIN YELLOWFISH EXPERIENCE

Text Tom Sutcliffe Pictures by Damon Mathfield

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People are now rating this great impoundment as one of the country’s premier fly fishing destinations and deservedly so. Here’s what Jan Korrubel had to say of a recent trip there…

‘I was privileged to spend 2 days of the week before up at Sterkfontein Dam fishing for smallmouth yellows.  I now know why they call Sterkfontein an "Experience" and the smallmouth yellows there "Mini-V8's".  With that expanse of water and the fishing opportunities there, I can also see why folks can dedicate their lives to the place.  The take of those smallmouth yellows is something else - "Freshwater Bonefish" is probably an overused description, but I can think of nothing better...!’

Jan puts it well. And remember the clarity of the water provides plenty of sight fishing opportunities. But I think there’s much more to the fishing here than just the fish. I have seen some of the most spectacular cloud scenery build up over this water – followed often enough by spectacular displays of lightening and thunder and driving rain. It’s a very visceral, earthy experience in a fishing landscape that anyway must rate among the most dramatic in the world.

Here Damon Mathfield shares some of his images of this magnificent venue. It’s a wonderful tapestry showing the place in all its moods.

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